We all talk story, twitter is a main commentary access point
It was just earlier this year during summer of 2015 when I introduced my PhD friend to twitter. The introduction was initially so he could scan support networks for this latter end of our PhD journeys with hashtags such as #PhDchat and #amwriting. Since that time brother has blown up on twitter creating quips, remarks and intelligent challenges to the status quo as well as #conqueredmentality.
We just got off the phone this morning when he asked what do you think about a Hawaii #AtoZ for 2015? and I was like "Hell yeah, that'll be super funny." Clicking on the the phone the tweets began. Check it out friends and respond, retort and retweet.
Me and my other friend are literally "living for this tweet storm". Checking our feeds just to see what the next letter is. Below are an excerpt of my highlights of this twitter storm. E. TONG generally comments on Hawaii, national as well as international politics with an emphasis on the marine environment. This "twitter storm" is dedicated to Hawaii in 2015 (pictures aren't uploading right now so just check out the feed - here)
Hooking it back to #NaiAupuni
While in Australia for the #RiseUpUoW symposium, in late November 2015, on the "Reterritorialising social media" through the uprising of Indigenous Voices there was a consortium of Native scholars, activists and active social media users (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, etc.). It was the first meeting with Native people's where I felt comfortable tweeting (as a curator for @protectmaunakea) so that we could keep our audience aware of content being shared and discussed. E. TONG was some of the few on the other end in Hawaii and around the world. On my return home he thanked me for live tweeting the event and using the hashtag so he could follow other people who were also tweeting at the symposium. The initial support was not for play by play runs but use of analysis due to the 140 character limit.
So that is goal for this upcoming Na'i Aupuni 'aha for me is to live tweet as much as possible. I like live tweeting/posting in real time. Provides context for a persons point of view and is an open platform for anyone to participate with basically, especially when multiple users are engaged in the same reference hashtag.
Just some twitter thoughts.
Katie Leimomi Kamelamela
So there is this Na'i Aupuni thing going on. Many people around me are aware, many are not. Is it important? Well it's important to further the conversation of Native Hawaiian self-determination for sure and Na'i Aupuni, upon the wave of Department of Interior hearings [testimonies due December 30, 2015], the #ProtectMaunakea movement and awakening of our people, is taking the discussion to a more public format...in some areas. There are movements being built around/in response to Na'i Aupuni, such at Protest Na'i Aupuni, the Aloha 'Aina 'Aha and newly created 'Ai pohaku Aloha 'Aina student hui which is connecting UH campuses of Hilo, Manoa and Hawai'i Community College.
I haven't seen or heard any open statements about this process from the 151 "delegates" so just putting myself out there. Below is a letter for self and community accountability. I do not endorse the process that Na'i Aupuni is attempting to engage the Native Hawaiian community in. Below is my response to the past couple as well as next couple of months.
For those that may be new to the term 'lateral violence' it basically equates to hegemonic or same culture detriment. What does that mean? Example Hawaiians speaking in distasteful manner of other Hawaiians or sentient beings for that matter. It has been difficult to be on social media and constantly view lateral violence of hateful, sometimes spiteful, messages towards our 'ohana (and if we don't actually know the person that doesn't matter either). So it's kapu aloha for Mauna Kea and forget everything else? I am human just as the next and slip but if we are going to move forward with Nation building it would be great to apply the last year's call, and the continued message, for kapu aloha towards those who are for Hawaiians as well. Again we may disagree but we all must protect what is one of our most valuable assets as Hawaiians and stewards of these 'aina, A L O H A.
Let's engage in elevated dialogue. Build schematics, make a plan, find solutions to implement them with all our resources. We each have different strengths, connections and life experiences which makes the 'aha more strong. 'Aha means gathering it also means cordage. Cord is only cord when many fibers are brought together to make the tension stronger so the 'aha can pull more weight. Sometimes cordage is made out of one type of plant, sometimes there are multiple different fibers, either way you cannot have cordage with one piece of fiber. In other words let's lokahi this buggah, learn from all the lessons available to us and engage with one another, not around.
Let's solution find, together, with those in and outside of the 'aha as well as on and off the roll. Let's solution find to build a true Nation for Hawai'i.
Katie Leimomi Kamelamela
Below is a trail of emails received from Na'i Aupuni while going through the delegate process from September 15, 2015- December 23, 2015. Most recent events [naming of candidates] are at the top. All documents are copied from my personal email and dated on the top left hand corner.
*MUST CLICK ON POST TO VIEW EMAILS*
And before the organizational name of "Na'i Aupuni" was co-opted it is a Mele Lahui, a song for our Nation. Let's sing this song whether in support or opposition of this, now known as, "Na'i Aupuni Process".
If you are still on the fence on whether to participate or not I urge you to visit the key documents page on the Na'i Aupuni website (focus in on the by laws if it is too overwhelming so at least an understanding of the genesis of Na'i Aupuni can be attained) as well as field groups on Facebook such as Protest Na'i Aupuni (which I am a member of), or the Protest Na'i Aupuni Website, so you can make an informed decision. Don't be lead by fear mongerers on either side, be lead by education.
On a similar but side note (a very important side note) did you know that an Office of Hawaiian Relations exists within the United States Department of Interior? Of pique interest are the Proposed Government to Government Rulemaking Procedures (follow up blog to come in dissecting this buggah!). Take a peek and we can review the "in between the lines" story here.
I am Pro-Independence and believe that we can support and maintain our own government. We will succeed in creating a governing entity that is representative of our Lahui.
Campaign introduction is the next post, maybe :)
Mahalo for dropping by and reading up on what I believe in is maika'i for our Lahui. I am not talking about the Na'i Aupuni election/campaign but us (Hawaiians and residents of Hawaii) engaging in an elevated educated dialog on how to better ourselves, our nation and our 'aina.
Me ka oia i'o.
Katie Leimomi Kamelamela